Category Archives: Halloween
This is it, a Halloween tradition for me every year, one of my favorite flicks, and not just the granddaddy of zombie movies, but the first zombie movie. Find out why I love it, why it’s still a classic, and why it’s one of the legendary Rob Zombie’s favorites as well. More on White Zombie after the jump.
There aren’t many games out there that scare me anymore. I’ve mentioned a few before in previous articles, but aside from those, it’s pretty tame out there in the world of horror games. That’s why this game caught me so off guard: I can confidently say, that if you’re looking for a genuine creep-fest, look no farther than Slender.
A “survival horror” game from Parsec Productions, it’s based on the recently created myth – completely made up during a contest to alter a picture and make it ‘paranormal’ – of Slender Man, a tall malevolent being that haunts and abducts humans. He is generally described as being between 6-15 feet tall and always dressed in a black suit. What makes him so creepy is the fact that he has no discernible facial features, only a white blank face. He is shown in the backgrounds of various pictures being generally creepy and disturbing. Go ahead and Google a few pictures of him, I’ll wait…Ok, freaky, no?
Halloween is still my favourite holiday of the year by far. Candy, costumes, horror films and no family obligations? Awesome. And call it nostalgia or die hard loyalty, but The Simpsons is still my favourite source of Halloween-themed entertainment. So, in celebration of my favourite holiday and my favourite show, I’m happy to bring you my Top 5 Simpsons Halloween episodes.
I love horror movies. As a lot of people have, I started watching them when I probably shouldn’t have been. I would sneak down into the living room when my parents were watching them and watch through the railing, scaring my self like crazy and then running back up to my room, scared out of my mind and having to get myself to sleep with visions of ghouls and ghosts dancing in my head.
There are some scenes that I can remember being the scariest that I have seen, the ones that really stick with you. Here they are in no particular order.
With the Halloween season upon us, I’ve been asked to remind our loyal followers of some of the great movie themes from horror films. So without further ado, here are some themes to put you in the Halloween spirit:
Just a little under two weeks from now another Halloween will be upon us. I don’t know about you, but this is really one of my favourite times of year. The dress up, the scariness, the appreciation for ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night – how you can you go wrong?
Growing up, I watched a lot of television and I always got a kick out of the sitcom episodes that featured a Halloween theme. For starters, situation comedies aren’t typically where you’d find anything particularly horrific so the spookiness was always a change of pace. Then there was the fact that the supernatural elements were always played for laughs, which meant fewer nightmares for me (key word there – fewer).
On that note, today I offer you a look back at some of my favourite spooky sitcom moments. There are lots of them, mind you, including episodes of Kate & Allie and Cheers, but the ones below are episodes that immediately sprang to mind. Some are Halloween themed, but a few get in just because I found them genuinely creepy when I first saw them. Let’s begin, shall we?
I don’t think any sitcom celebrated Halloween with more love and fun than Roseanne. Nearly every season of the series had a special theme episode and the entire cast always seemed to have a ball with them. None of them ever sent chills down your spine, but somehow they always captured the spirit of the season. I especially liked the Season 3 episode where Rosie dressed up as a lumberjack and got to experience life as a man. However, like the show itself, by the time we got around to Season 8 with the ghost of Jerry Garcia visiting, the shark had indeed jumped when it came to Roseanne and Halloween.
DIFFERENT STROKES: HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
Now, this was not a Halloween episode at all, and there were far scarier episodes of Different Strokes throughout its run (just about every “very special episode” or the one where Sam and Arnold wound up being pseudo-ghostbusters, which was just scary bad). However, Hooray For Hollywood was my first experience with Psycho and Universal studios, a magical place my father would take me too not long after seeing this particular two-part episode. Check out the memorable scene in question, in a slightly different format from how you and I first watched it back in the early 80’s.
THE FACTS OF LIFE: SEVEN LITTLE INDIANS
Did you know that The Facts of Life did multiple Halloween episodes? I had no idea. The only one that’s stuck with me was a great Twilight Zone parody that featured a Rod Serling-esque narrator and the entire post-Mrs. Garret cast getting bumped off, one by one. It’s creepy, kind of kooky and, oh yeah, it’s got George Clooney. And Tootie. Tootie. I just like typing…Tootie.
WEBSTER: MOVING ON
My final selection is once again not a Halloween episode per se, but one that features a fairly creepy scene in a house straight out of The Addams Family (minus Thing Or Lurch). I remember watching this episode of Webster and being absolutely enthralled by the Victorian House that Ma’am, George and Web were looking to move into after their apartment burned up. Hidden passages, ladders, dumbwaiters oh my! But the spooky doll scene below was genuinely eerie, as is the track suit that Emmanuelle Lewis is sporting.
We’re less than a week away from the release of Halloween II, Rob Zombie’s follow-up to his 2007 reimagining/remake of the Michael Myers saga. While some loved Zombie’s take on the John Carpenter classic, it seems like most were downright disappointed. Personally, the first time I saw Halloween in the theater I really dug it, but watching the extended director’s cut last year I too was let down. There are many moments of coolness throughout, but the film didn’t hold up for a repeat viewing (you can get more on that here).
Halloween II looks like Zombie’s taken the gloves off. It’s neither a remake or homage to the original sequel, which is a good thing. We’ll find out this Friday. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Halloween II below.
For everyone who loved Rob Zombies’ 2007 film Halloween, you’re likely anxious to check out the sequel H2, which is due in theaters on August 28th. The trailer makes it clear that this film is totally unrelated to the original Halloween sequel. Those that had issues with Zombie’s reimagining be warned – you aren’t going to like what you see. Rather than simply have Michael Myers run rampant after his sister one more, Zombie is going to show us what’s been driving him the whole time. Watching the trailer it’s clear that Michael has mommy issues, which is cool with me because it means more Sherri Moon Zombie.
H2 was a quick shoot, something like 35 days. This trailer leaves me keen to see what Zombie comes up with this time. Get your first taste of H2 here.